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Supporting a Sustainable and Healthy Watershed

March 30, 2021

From Regina to Humboldt and from Central Butte to Tyvan, Saskatchewan, the Wascana & Upper Qu’Appelle Watersheds Association Taking Responsibility (WUQWATR) is leading society to develop and implement planning and programs to ensure sustainable, healthy watersheds.   
We have partnered with WUQWATR and their Citizen Science Program since 2019 as part of our commitment to making progress in areas that matter most to the communities where we operate. Our funding allows the non-profit organization to purchase test kits used to sample water throughout the local watershed throughout the summer months. The samples provide valuable data that allow the group to track changes in the watershed, monitor for potential problems, and share discoveries. 

A watershed is an area of land that collects and drains surface water, including rain and snow, into a body of water such as a pond, stream or river, or into the ground as groundwater. They are vital to a well-functioning ecosystem, performing many functions, including filtering pollutants from water.

“Thanks to the generous support of Mosaic, WUQWATR can provide Water Ranger’s Freshwater Explorer test kits to citizens in and around our watershed. This gives them the opportunity to learn more about the health of the environment around them through hands-on water sampling,” shares WUQWTR’s Justine Melo. “By becoming a citizen scientist and sampling our waterbodies, participants gain a better understanding of the quality of our water, share observations and data in the national Water Rangers database and contribute to an increase in scientific knowledge.”    
This year, with the support of our extended funding, the group plans to purchase additional refills for the 20 existing kits which are used by ten ‘Citizens’ and their families. This partnership is part of Mosaic’s larger commitment to supporting water initiatives across North America. On March 22, UN World Water Day, we announced $1.7 million dollars and in-kind support to water-focused initiatives. Read more here.